Membership Monday

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Please note!
The Greater Fulton Business Committee and the Greater Oswego Business Committee will now meet every other month instead of every month. Dates and locations are below. We will try and book speakers for every meeting.  More to be announced at a future date.

GOBC – Chamber Office, 8:00am
January 20th – Speaker, Mayor Billy Barlow
March 16th
May 18th
July 15th
September 21st
November 16th

GFBC – Fulton Public Libary, 8:30am
February 2nd – Speaker, Brittney Jerred – Assemblyman Barclays Office
April 5th
June 7th
August 2nd
October 4th
December 6th
** If any of our members have ideas of who would like to speak at these meetings, please contact Danielle Hayden at [email protected]  ***

Lunch and Learn Program
(Sharing Information to Help Your Business)
We are currently scheduling speakers to educate our members on what services they have and can provide to us.  If you are interested in possibly being a part of this, please contact Greg Mills at [email protected]
Time, location and date to be determined.

Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 25th
Lake Ontario Conference Center

In this giving time of the year thoughts often turn to making the holiday season a little more enjoyable for those in need. For the Oswego County Board of REALTORS® helping area homeless youth is its mission for the season.

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) PATH program was once again the benefactor of the Oswego County Board of REALTORS ® annual fundraiser. A transitional living program for homeless young people ages 16 – 21, PATH provides the opportunity for these young people to learn independent living skills, complete educational goals and become responsible members of the community.

“Each year our members open their hearts and their pocketbooks to support the PATH Program,” said Gene Friske, Executive Officer of the Oswego County Board of REALTORS®. “We are happy to be able to assist such a worthwhile endeavor as OCO’s PATH program and I am pleased to say that our support has increased steadily over the years.” Friske added that in addition to their support of OCO’s PATH program, the Oswego County Board of REALTORS® also provides scholarship awards for 3 students from Oswego County High Schools.

Established in 1991 PATH is entering its 25th year of providing services to young people in the community. For PATH Coordinator Karen Merrill it’s the support of caring individuals and organizations such as the Oswego County Board of Realtors ® that allow PATH to continue to offer services to homeless young people.

“The continued support we receive from the Oswego County Board of REALTORS® is vital. Many of the funding sources have limitations as to what is allowed to be spent and holidays are not included. Thanks to the generosity of the Oswego County Board of Realtors we are able to provide those in the PATH program with a little something special at Christmas. For many, the presents we provide them with will be the only ones they receive. When their Christmas lists include items such as food, shoes and clothing it brings things into perspective. When many of these youth are asked to make a Christmas list, some of them have never been asked what they wanted for the holidays before and cannot recall many joyful memories concerning the holiday season. The homeless youth population continues to be a very misunderstood and many times, unjustly criticized population. The PATH program helps youth realize that they are members of the community and that their community supports them and acknowledges the positive things they are doing to better themselves many of our participants graduate from high school, attend college and obtain jobs,” said Merrill.

“We could not exist without donations from the community, added Merrill. “These local funds count as a match for state and federal dollars, in essence, a dollar can potentially help the agency bring in two additional dollars from state and federal funding, explained Merrill. We are very thankful for the generous donation we received from the Oswego County Board of REALTORS®, and all the effort that goes into organizing their fundraiser”.

The OCO PATH program is funded by the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance and the Department of Health and Human Services. This article was supported by Grant Number 90CX6963 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of OCO and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

A non-profit agency, OCO will be celebrating 50 years of service in 2016. OCO offers more than 50 human service programs that serve over 24,000 people each year. Operating in over 80 locations throughout Oswego County, OCO’s workforce has more than 550 employees and 1200 volunteers. For more information on OCO and the programs and services it offers visit www.oco.org.

Representatives from the Oswego County Board of REALTORS® present Program Coordinator Karen Merrill, with a donation in support of Oswego County Opportunities PATH program. PATH provides homeless youth with transitional independent living services and assistance to help them become contributing members of society. From left are Flo Farley of Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty; Karen Merrill, Marilyn Boyzuick of Century 21 Galloway Real Estate; Derek Woodmancy of Berkshire Hathaway CNY Realty; and Oswego County Board of REALTORS® Executive Officer Gene Friske. Absent from the photo are Mike LaFurney of Oswego County Appraisals, Patty Murray of Century 21 Galloway Real Estate, and Oswego County Board of REALTORS ® President Connie Ryan of Century 21 Galloway Real Estate.

Brooke Caprara (r) of FX Caprara Chevy / Buick presents Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Development Coordinator Margaret Barclay (l) with a donation of $2,000. A non-profit agency, OCO will be celebrating 50 years of service in 2016. OCO offers more than 50 human service programs that serve over 24,000 people each year. Operating in over 80 locations throughout Oswego County, OCO’s workforce has more than 550 employees and 1200 volunteers. For more information on OCO and the programs and services it offers visit www.oco.org.

2016 Tax Season Opens Jan. 19 for Nation’s Taxpayers
WASHINGTON ? Following a review of the tax extenders legislation signed into law last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.
The IRS will begin accepting individual electronic returns that day. The IRS expects to receive more than 150 million individual returns in 2016, with more than four out of five being prepared using tax return preparation software and e-filed. The IRS will begin processing paper tax returns at the same time. There is no advantage to people filing tax returns on paper in early January instead of waiting for e-file to begin.
“We look forward to opening the 2016 tax season on time,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “Our employees have been working hard throughout this year to make this happen. We also appreciate the help from the nation’s tax professionals and the software community, who are critical to helping taxpayers during the filing season.”
As part of the Security Summit initiative, the IRS has been working closely with the tax industry and state revenue departments to provide stronger protections against identity theft for taxpayers during the coming filing season.
The filing deadline to submit 2015 tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2016, rather than the traditional April 15 date. Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on that Friday, which pushes the deadline to the following Monday for most of the nation. (Due to Patriots Day, the deadline will be Tuesday, April 19, in Maine and Massachusetts.)
Koskinen noted the new legislation makes permanent many provisions and extends many others for several years. “This provides certainty for planning purposes, which will help taxpayers and the tax community as well as the IRS,” he said.
The IRS urges all taxpayers to make sure they have all their year-end statements in hand before filing, including Forms W-2 from employers, Forms 1099 from banks and other payers, and Form 1095-A from the Marketplace for those claiming the premium tax credit.
“We encourage taxpayers to take full advantage of the expanding array of tools and information on IRS.gov to make their tax preparation easier,” Koskinen said.
Although the IRS begins accepting returns on Jan. 19, many tax software companies will begin accepting tax returns earlier in January and submitting them to the IRS when processing systems open.
Choosing e-file and direct deposit for refunds remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate income tax return and receive a refund. The IRS anticipates issuing more than nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Find free options to get tax help, and to prepare and file your return on IRS.gov or in your community if you qualify. Go to IRS.gov and click on the Filing tab to see your options.
• Seventy percent of the nation’s taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File. Commercial partners of the IRS offer free brand-name software to about 100 million individuals and families with incomes of $62,000 or less;
• Online fillable forms provides electronic versions of IRS paper forms to all taxpayers regardless of income that can be prepared and filed by people comfortable with completing their own returns.
• The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offer free tax help to people who qualify. Go to irs.gov and enter “free tax prep” in the search box to learn more and find a VITA or TCE site near you, or download the IRS2Go app on your smart phone and find a free tax prep provider.
The IRS also reminds taxpayers that a trusted tax professional can provide helpful information and advice about the ever-changing tax code. Tips for choosing a return preparer and details about national tax professional groups are available on IRS.gov.

Exciting News!
 We are now booking birthday parties at CMOO beginning February 2016! Several party packages available, please email [email protected] if you are interested in having your child’s birthday party at the Children’s Museum of Oswego!

Mark your Calendars!

Executive Leadership Development Series Information Session
Friday, January 8 • 9 to 10 a.m.
CenterState CEO
115 W. Fayette St., Syracuse • Map
Learn how the Executive Leadership Development Series helps executives and rising managers reach the next level by enhancing critical thinking, communication and empowerment skills.
Cost: Free. For more information click here or contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or [email protected]

Economic Forecast Breakfast
Wednesday, January 13 • 7:30 a.m. Registration, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast & Program
Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter
800 S. State St., Syracuse • Map
Join hundreds of CenterState CEO members, business leaders and executives for the presentation of the region?s 2016 Economic Forecast. Gary Keith, vice president and chief economist for M&T Bank, will present an overview of trends in the national and state economies, and their impact on the CenterState New York region. Presented by M&T Bank. Corporate sponsors: Dermody Burke & Brown CPAs, LLC; Time Warner Cable Business Class; Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc.; Manpower Inc.
Cost: $40 for members or $400 for a table of 10; $50 for non-members or $500 for a table of 10. After January 4, prices increase. Register here by January 8. For more information, contact Lisa Metot at 315-470-1870 or [email protected]

Trade Agreements and How They Help U.S. Business
Friday,January 15 • 9 to 11 a.m.
The Tech Garden,
235 Harrison St., Syracuse • Map
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a comprehensive trade agreement with 11 other countries in the Asia Pacific will eliminate all foreign import taxes on industrial and consumer goods, benefiting New York’s top export sectors. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) is a groundbreaking free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Hear from Robert Manogue, director of Bilateral Trade at the U.S. State Department, on how these two trade agreements pending approval will impact your business exports to these regions.
Cost: $25 per person; free for CNYIBA members. Registration is required. For more information, contact Kathy Hallahan at 315-470-1948 or [email protected]

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